Reports show increase in trash after Christmas

Holiday cleanup begins



It’s another holiday tradition.

After the gifts are opened and the dishes are cleared away from Christmas dinner, all the empty bags, boxes and other holiday refuse is carted to the curb, destined for disposal in the county landfill.

Trash haulers are accustomed to seeing heaps more trash in the days after Christmas, but sometimes residents are a little overwhelmed by the amount of garbage.

“We’ve had a lot people calling to say it won’t all fit in my can,” Augusta Solid Waste Director Mark Johnson said.

Reports from the landfill show that in the two weeks after Christmas last year, trash increased by about 172 tons per week, or about 14 percent. Johnson said he expected a similar jump in refuse this year.

Even though most Augusta residents get trash service twice each week, some have trouble getting rid of the cardboard, paper and plastic that come with many gifts.

Johnson said residents should do their best to sort the recyclables from the true garbage to make sure they are taking full advantage of city trash services, which include recycling, bulk waste and yard waste pickup.

“Christmas boxes we can recycle,” John­son said. “The leftover turkey still needs to go in the cart.”

Johnson reminded residents that Augusta trash service includes Christmas tree disposal.

“If they put their tree on the curb, we will pick it up,” he said.